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Italy: 'We could be more realistic and less ideological' in tackling IS – Lavrov02:43

Italy: 'We could be more realistic and less ideological' in tackling IS – Lavrov

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December 11, 2015 at 18:50 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hitting out at Western hesitance to cooperate with Russia in the Syrian conflict, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that "we could be more realistic and less ideological in combining our efforts," making the comments during a speech at the MED 2015 Mediterranean Dialogues Conference Forum Rome on Friday.

Saying that "Nothing should stand in the way of uniting our efforts efficiently to defeat ISIL," Lavrov called for an "honest" approach to tackling the so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS, ISIL), asking international players to put aside geopolitical machinations.

He also called for Western countries taking part in the Syrian crisis to work with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government, calling out the hypocrisy of Western judgements on the leader's legitimacy.

Lavrov went on to note the positive influence the Russian campaign was having on the US-led coalition's efforts in Syria. Since Moscow began targeting IS' source of financing with airstrikes, Western nations began demanding that "Turkey to take steps to make sure that this border is closed and not as porous as it both directions for the bad people and bad stuff moving in and out." Lavrov added that "Our presence is to coordinate with them and that's what we proposed to the Americans as the leaders of the coalition form the very beginning."

Kicking off on December 10, participants in MED 2015 will focus on the current challenges and transformations in the Mediterranean in light of the refugee crisis. Security cooperation, the struggle against militant extremism, and the question of energy are all expected to be on the agenda.

Italy: 'We could be more realistic and less ideological' in tackling IS – Lavrov02:43
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Hitting out at Western hesitance to cooperate with Russia in the Syrian conflict, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that "we could be more realistic and less ideological in combining our efforts," making the comments during a speech at the MED 2015 Mediterranean Dialogues Conference Forum Rome on Friday.

Saying that "Nothing should stand in the way of uniting our efforts efficiently to defeat ISIL," Lavrov called for an "honest" approach to tackling the so-called Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS, ISIL), asking international players to put aside geopolitical machinations.

He also called for Western countries taking part in the Syrian crisis to work with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government, calling out the hypocrisy of Western judgements on the leader's legitimacy.

Lavrov went on to note the positive influence the Russian campaign was having on the US-led coalition's efforts in Syria. Since Moscow began targeting IS' source of financing with airstrikes, Western nations began demanding that "Turkey to take steps to make sure that this border is closed and not as porous as it both directions for the bad people and bad stuff moving in and out." Lavrov added that "Our presence is to coordinate with them and that's what we proposed to the Americans as the leaders of the coalition form the very beginning."

Kicking off on December 10, participants in MED 2015 will focus on the current challenges and transformations in the Mediterranean in light of the refugee crisis. Security cooperation, the struggle against militant extremism, and the question of energy are all expected to be on the agenda.